Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery

, Volume 392, Issue 4, pp 489–491 | Cite as

Complete pancreatic encasement of the portal vein—surgical implications of an extremely rare anomaly

  • Goran MarjanovicEmail author
  • Robert Obermaier
  • Stefan Benz
  • Thorsten Bley
  • Eva Juettner
  • Ulrich T. Hopt
  • Ulrich Adam
Case Management and Clinical Consequences



Due to the complex embryologic development, pancreatic anatomy can be very variable.


The authors present the second ever reported case in the literature of a complete pancreatic encasement of the portal vein which forced us to alter the standard operative procedure of pancreatic head resection, thus enabling possible dangerous complications.


Encasement Portal vein Pancreatic head resection Surgical implication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Goran Marjanovic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert Obermaier
    • 1
  • Stefan Benz
    • 2
  • Thorsten Bley
    • 3
  • Eva Juettner
    • 4
  • Ulrich T. Hopt
    • 1
  • Ulrich Adam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Visceral SurgeryAlbert Ludwigs UniversityFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryHospital of NagoldNagoldGermany
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyAlbert Ludwigs UniversityFreiburgGermany
  4. 4.Institute of PathologyAlbert Ludwigs UniversityFreiburgGermany

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